February 2017 - Wildebeest migration updates

Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Africa

The Loita herds are finally giving birth

It's the time of plenty on the conservancy and around the greater Mara. The Loita migration are still here, there have been some big rain around the area with around 50 mm in the past 24 hours. Many of the migrant birds have arrived including bee-eaters, harriers, steppe eagles and storks.

Finally the majority of the wildebeest cows are giving birth. There are little animals across many species scattered around the plains. 

The Loita herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The Loita herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The Loita herds are finally giving birth
The Loita herds are finally giving birth - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
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Little signs of birthing in Ndutu

16 Feb 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Our guides are reporting herds in the Maswa area but its very dry and dusty in Ndutu so we are hoping for rain to bring them in. Little signs of birthing though.

Regards,
Tabby - Assistant Camp Manager - Lemala Ndutu

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Lack of rain causes unusual movement in the migratory patterns

16 Feb 2017 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi HerdTracker

We have had no rains, and so the wildebeest are not doing their normal thing this year. They seem to be spread out from the central Serengeti to Moru, Maswa and Serengeti south. I have heard that there are a few calves seen. There is certainly nothing much happening at Ndutu in the way of migration. Just enough wildies around to keep the cats with full bellies.

Best wishes,
Ainslie

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Big herds spotted in Seronera

16 Feb 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Our guests are so excited as they didn’t expect to see migration in Seronera in these numbers but for the last few nights our camp has been surrounded by the migration and during the day you can see them all flooding into the valley.

Exciting times at the camp and rather noisy. Excuse the quality of the image taken from my phone.

Kind Regards,
Ebenezer
Camp Manager - Lemala Ewanjan

Big herds spotted in Seronera
Big herds spotted in Seronera - Image by Ebenezer - Lemala Camps
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The herds are close to Asilia Namiri Plains Camp

09 Feb 2017 from Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa took this stunning picture of the herds close to their Namiri Plains Camp!

The herds are close to Asilia Namiri Plains Camp
The herds are close to Asilia Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Asilia Africa

Lodges closest to the herd right now

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Woodlands Camp

Price on Request

Tucked within a grassy corridor that links the Lake Ndutu area with the Moru Kopjes and Hidden Valley is the seasonal Woodlands Camp. During the calving season, this area is teaming with wildebeest as hundreds of thousands of pregnant females converge to give birth. While most properties are compacted in a central location, Woodlands Camp is slightly removed from the main tourist venue, allowing for more privacy without sacrificing access to this awe-inspiring event.

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Chaka Camp

279

per person per night

Chaka Camp, is a mobile Serengeti safari camp designed to be lightweight enough to move seasonally, is located in the Ndutu area from December through March. The camp relocates to Western Serengeti from May through June, and again to Northern Serengeti from July through November.

From December through March, the wildebeest migration moves in and out of the Ndutu area. Ndutu is located in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, just south of Serengeti National Park. Chaka Camp’s location provides easy access to prime game viewing areas around Lakes Ndutu and Masek. In addition to the almost two million wildebeest and zebra that move through the area each year, Ndutu is home to cheetah, lion, giraffe and hundreds of bird species. During February’s calving season, the wildebeest give birth to 8,000 babies a day.

From May through June, Chaka Camp relocates to Western Serengeti. The wildebeest migration is generally in this area during this time, and crossings over the Grumeti River are sometimes seen in this area. Access to Central Serengeti is also possible from this area as the drive is only two hours.

From July through November, Chaka Camp is located in Northern Serengeti. The camp is close to the Mara River, allowing easy access to several river crossing points in the area. During this time of year, the wildebeest migration is crossing the Mara River back and forth from Tanzania to Kenya. River crossings are common with crocodiles, hippos and large cats scattered throughout the area.

Follow the link the see the best time to visit Serengeti or visit our HerdTracker app. 

The dining area at Olakira, Tanzania

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Olakira Mobile Camp

$ 759

per person per night

Like the wildebeest that are the stars of the Serengeti Annual Migration, the Olakira camp is a wanderer; a luxurious under-canvas camp that moves with the seasons, forever following the herds to ensure you have a front-row seat to the greatest show on earth.

Fine linens, finer dining and a touch of nomadic romance are the hallmarks of this authentic East African safari camp. Whether it’s at the river crossings of the northern Serengeti, the breath-taking scenery of the Lamai Wedge, or on the great grassy plains of the south, the intimate Olakira camp ensures the best of the Serengeti is always right on your doorstep.

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Ndutu Wilderness Camp

Price on Request

December to March typically coincides with ‘calving season’ in the Serengeti and Ndutu Wilderness Camp is ideally located so visitors can view this spectacle. Nestled under shady trees, on the Ndutu plains, this camp allows guests to enjoy the wealth of wildlife that has made these sun-soaked plains so renowned.

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Camp Zebra

$ 495

per person per night

Like the animal it is named after, Camp Zebra follows the wildebeest migration to the northern part of the Serengeti National Park in June, July, August, September, October and November; and to the southern part of the park from December till March. Camp Zebra is closed from the middle of April till the end of May each year.

Camp Zebra consists of six accommodation tents, each of which can be used for single, double (or twin) or triple occupancy. Each sleeping tent consists of a bedroom area, dressing area and ensuite shower and toilet. The dressing area, shower and toilet are all “open air” so as to heighten the experience of living as one with your surroundings. Despite being able to enjoy some breathtaking views as you prepare yourself for the day ahead, privacy is still assured due to the clever design of our tents. As an added convenience, each tent is provided with sufficient electricity for lighting as well as for charging mobile telephones, cameras, tablets, laptop computers or any other electronic devices you may carry with you.

Camp Zebra is Serengeti camping at its finest. The mobile nature of the camp makes it easy to follow the wildebeest herds as they complete their long journey, ensuring the best wildlife sightings during the incredible Great Migration in Tanzania. See our HerdTracker app for the latest migration updates.